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I have been asked to produce a number of videos lately, mostly tutorial screencasts. These videos usually involve a series of screen recordings (video screen captures) with audio. Since some of these videos are for my employer, it is important that I am as productive as those using tools on other platforms. I would prefer ...

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This is a quick note about how to get Skype URLs to open in Skype. This is not about opening web URLs from inside of Skype chats.

The problem:
When I have a link to a URI that uses "skype:" as the protocol, it creates a warning about needing to run xdg-open with the protocol ...

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In my role as a developer evangelist at Alfresco, I regularly speak with developers who have never heard of the tool and are not familiar with the concept of content management. This short post will provide enough of an introduction that you will know what capabilities these tools provide, and when to research more information ...

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Recovering Deleted Web Pages

I recently had trouble upgrading this blog. No big deal, I thought, I will just restore the backup. The restoration went smoothly, except the part where I discovered that the backup was empty. Lesson learned (again): test your restore process!

Lucky for me, the Internet never forgets. These Firefox tools helped me restore the entries ...

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I was a happy T-Mobile customer. Though I was occasionally disappointed by their spotty network coverage, I was won over by the advantages:

  • Their customer service was generally impressive. It wasn't perfect, but generally short hold times, and helpful staff.
  • My plan was relatively inexpensive.
  • They are the only major cell phone provider in ...

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I hoard information, and I am always looking for a better way to store it. As I teenager I used my Dad's install of AskSam and FolioViews to create hundreds of notes. I learned the hard way about proprietary formats; all that data is gone. Now I like to keep my notes in an ...

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As before, Alfresco DevCon 2011 was a great experience. Events were held in both San Diego and London, and I was able to see different presentations at each event. Unfortunately for me, only about half of the presentations were the same between the two events. That means that even after attending both events I still ...

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We just finished another open enrollment period at work. It is always stressful for me to be forced to lock in a health insurance selection for another 12 months. This is one of the most high risk and complicated decisions I make every year; there are loads of options, lots of trade-offs, and thousands of ...

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YCombinator’s Hacker News recently linked to an interesting post entitled “What every computer science major should know”.

I think it’s a pretty good list, but like others I have seen, it has a hole around the knowledge domain of Content Management, Content Modeling, and Information Architecture.

There are some core tools that every software ...

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I worked as a one-man shop for an extended period of time. Though it was fun to wear a lot of hats, I really missed having a team of people to collaborate with. To cope, I learned to rely on the IRC community at Freenode. Freenode is a great place to bounce ideas off of ...